Freight Mobility Research Institute’s primary goal is to develop a multidisciplinary program of coursework and experiential learning that develops a highly skilled workforce to support the freight transportation industry and to provide high-quality engineering programs for a broad audience. The center’s education program will expand and enhance the existing transportation education offerings at the departments of the consortium universities. FMRI's efforts will support the development of a critical transportation knowledge base and a transportation workforce that is prepared to design, plan, operate, and maintain the complex transportation systems of the future. In addition, the Institute aims to create joint educational freight programs between two or more institutions and with other key regional partners, covering engineering, logistics, planning, and public policy. Below you will find activities related to this goal.
The FMRI's Florida Atlantic University wrapped up their first week of Transportation Camp with middle school students from the Boca Raton area. Dr. Teegavarapu, an FAU transportation professor in the CEGE Department, with the help of teacher's assistants, Ms. Stavroula Manta, Ms. Anusha Chowdhury, and Mr. Anastasios Charisis, taught the children in an exciting environment about transportation. The transportation camp covered ArcGIS based spatial analysis, VISSIM based intersection simulations, basics of transportation engineering, freight operations, logistics, connected and automated vehicles, and traffic count observations.
The Hampton University along with FMRI has sponsored an essay competition in Heritage High School, Newport News, Virginia. The essays focused on issues dealing with land, air, and water transportation modes related to freight logistics. The purpose of the essay competition was to encourage high school students to research important issues related to freight transportation.
Four essays were submitted by 9th, 10th, and 11th graders from Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia. These essays were evaluated for their relevancy, relationship to topic, amount of research, and writing quality. Pictured above from left to right are the winners in descending order: Kayla Murphy, Kaija Bratcher, Markell Simmons, and Duvaun Higgins.
Freight Transportation Education Program under the FMRI funded by US DOT at Florida Atlantic University has a goal to promote freight logistics/transportation education at all levels. Specific goals include to build a bridge between America's youth and the transportation community; to support the development of improved educational technology that provides better ways for people to acquire new skills; and to ensure that America's transportation work force for the 21st century is technologically literate and internationally competitive.
Mr. Richard Morris, Director, Procurement and Logistics Support Division and Mr. Carl Jacobs, Director Materials at Canon, Inc. presented a lecture on the overview of Canon Supply Chain. The lecture was attended by faculty members and students from School of Business with an overflow of students and very thoughtful questions from the audience. Mr. Morris focused on global supply chain of Canon and role of Canon Virginia facility in the supply chain. Presentation covered Canon’s production, warehousing, material management, inventory reduction, etc. Environmental aspects of business were also discussed.
A half day high school STEM teacher workshop was developed and delivered on December 9, 2017 by Drs. Sharad Maheshwari and Kelwyn D’Souza. Seven STEM teachers from Heritage High School, Newport News has participated in the workshop. Objective of the workshop was to encourage high school teachers to include in their lesson elements of logistics and transportation. This will expose young students to the field of transportation.
Mr. Joseph M. Thomas, Sr. Specialty 3PL & Inventory Analyst at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. has delivered a guest lecture entitled on Reverse Logistics at JnJ. The lecture was attended by faculty members and students from School of Business. Mr. Thomas’s lecture focused on three distinct areas: what is reverse logistics, how it affects operations and what is his role in as analyst. He spoke about how reverse logistics impacts revenue. And explained his role as coordination to improve transactional efficiency and process improvements in the supply chain.
With a total of 35 students, this new graduate course in the Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatics Engineering at Florida Atlantic University aligns transportation management with a comprehensive overview of intermodal transportation logistics management. We went over recent trends in the field and its import and stakeholders. Business logistics/supply chain was viewed from managerial perspectives impacting physical distribution, materials management, transportation management, and logistics and supply chain management. The course covered the planning, organizing, and controlling of these activities including some activities such as transportation basics, inventory and location strategies. Our goal is to establish an online transportation program and certificate in the field of freight transportation and logistics.
FMRI sponsored a Summer Engineering and Technology Camp for 16 students moving on to grades 7, 8, and 9 from Crystal Lake Middle School, Carver Middle School, Margate Middle School, and AD Henderson University School. This course covered ArcGIS based spatial analysis of truck traffic in Florida, Port Resilience, Automated and Connected Vehicles, and Public Transportation in Smart Cities. They also visited with the FAU Society of Automotive Engineers Racing Team, assembled a basic soldering kit, and attended a drone flying demonstration.